Is Your Sunscreen Harming Dolphins and Whales ?

The ocean update

Photo : David Gray/Reuters Photo : David Gray/Reuters

August 21st, 2014. Many of us wear sunscreen to protect our skin. But when that sunscreen washes off in the ocean, it can harm marine life.

A new study shows that two common ingredients in sunscreen—microscopic particles of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide—can combine with ultraviolet sunlight to cause toxic effects in phytoplankton, a food source for small fish, shrimp, and whales. 

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